Perpetuating Safety in the Workplace

Ronald Stein
Founder of PTS Staffing Solutions, a technical staffing agency headquartered in Irvine

A recent L.A. Times article on May 10th by Kathleen Luppi was a celebration of 100,000 accident free work hours at Christ Cathedral. Another California company has done even better. The Phillips66 Refinery in Wilmington just had a BBQ celebrating more than 2,400,000 man-hours with no OSHA recordables over a 3 year period. Coincidentally, the […]

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Look in the Mirror for Climate Change

Ronald Stein
Founder of PTS Staffing Solutions, a technical staffing agency headquartered in Irvine

Until the first steam locomotives were invented in the early 19th Century, man could travel as far as he could walk or as far as his horse would take him.  Life was dirty, smelly, difficult – and short. Life expectancy was short and human misery was assured. There was virtually no military and the only available weapons […]

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Legislatures Kill Transparency Pricing at the Pump

Ronald Stein
Founder of PTS Staffing Solutions, a technical staffing agency headquartered in Irvine

Californians now pay as much as $1.00 more per gallon of fuel than the rest of the country. Shouldn’t the motoring public know why? A bill in the California Legislature to do just that was Senate Bill 1074, by state Sen. John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa. Called “Disclosure of government-imposed costs,” it would have required gas stations […]

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The Public Deserves Transparency of Pricing at the Pump

Ronald Stein
Founder of PTS Staffing Solutions, a technical staffing agency headquartered in Irvine

Fuel prices in California are among the highest in the country, as a result of some of the highest taxes in the country, plus the costs associated with compliance with various State environmental laws, which trickle down to the consumer, resulting in Californian’s paying as much as $1 more per gallon than most folks in […]

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Warning – Global Economies are Betting the Farm on Next Gen Batteries Not Yet Commercially Viable!

Ronald Stein
Founder of PTS Staffing Solutions, a technical staffing agency headquartered in Irvine

As governments, including California’s, join the electric vehicle (EV) crusade, new public policies are advancing that ultimately would ban the sale and registration of light-duty vehicles powered by internal combustion engines.  Automobile manufacturers already are phasing in more EV models and moving toward a phase-out of internal combustion engines in the decades ahead. With that in mind, […]

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Proposed Internal Combustion Engine Ban Would Devastate California Economy

Ronald Stein
Founder of PTS Staffing Solutions, a technical staffing agency headquartered in Irvine

California’s relentless crusade against emissions effectively camouflages its voracious need for revenues. AB32, the original landmark bill was signed into law in 2006 when California contributed one percent to the world’s greenhouse gases. While the cap and trade program has been a cost effective method of reducing CA’s greenhouse gas emissions, the program does next […]

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Sacramento Bills that are driving up states’ costs of fuels

Ronald Stein
Founder of PTS Staffing Solutions, a technical staffing agency headquartered in Irvine

Next time you feel like cursing the oil industry when confronted with California gas prices that far exceed those almost anywhere else in the country, think again.  We have state lawmakers and regulatory agencies to thank for much of the difference. Most recently SB 1, effective November 1st gasoline excise tax increased from 18 to 30 cents, […]

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Shining a Light on Hidden Costs at the Pump

Ronald Stein
Founder of PTS Staffing Solutions, a technical staffing agency headquartered in Irvine

The following comments were shared with the California Energy Commission for their meeting this past September on California’s vulnerabilities to petroleum price hikes. The comments were intended to stimulate conversations and seek recommendations about California being transparent at the pump, with stickers, for the public to see, as to what makes up the cost of […]

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Oh, for those good-old days without fossil fuels!

Ronald Stein
Founder of PTS Staffing Solutions, a technical staffing agency headquartered in Irvine

Maybe it’s time to start scaling back on our leisurely lifestyle to lower our greenhouse gas emissions and start reverting back to the pre-1900 horse and buggy days for our transportation systems, and the “snake oil” pitchmen for our healthcare system, and no medications, no cosmetics, no fertilizers, no computers nor IPhones, and shorter life […]

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California’s vulnerabilities to petroleum price hikes

Ronald Stein
Founder of PTS Staffing Solutions, a technical staffing agency headquartered in Irvine

The following comments were shared with the California Energy Commission’s Petroleum Market Advisory Committee for the Wednesday September 13, 2017meeting regarding the upcoming report to the Energy Commission on California’s vulnerabilities to petroleum price hikes: California already has numerous reasons for their cost of fuels being higher the rest of the country, such as: California fuel […]

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